R. D. Burman -The Man, The Music

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Harper Collins, Jul 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
To a nation fed on classical music, the advent of Rahul Dev Burman with his repertoire of Western beats was a godsend. RD revolutionized Hindi film music in the 1970s, and with his emphasis on rhythm and beats, this Pied Piper of Hindi film music had young India swinging to his tunes. At the same time, this genius proved his many detractors who criticized him for corrupting popular taste wrong by composing some of the most influential raga-based songs in Hindi cinema and showing an immense comfort with all kinds of music, including Indian folk. RD: The Man, The Music looks at the phenomenon called R.D. Burman and how he changed the way Indians perceived Hindi film music. Through anecdotes and trivia that went into the making of Pancham's music - the many innovations he introduced, like mixed rhythm patterns, piquant chords and sound mixing - and through interactions with the musicians who were part of RD's team, the authors create a fascinating portrait of a man who, through his music, continues to thrive, even fifteen years after his death.
 

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Contents

Archimedes Principle
The Swan Song
The Film of the Millennium and the Aftermath
A for ABBA B for Boney M
Book Three Sun in Gemini
Old Boys Alumni
Cracks on the Wall
Earthen Pots Disco Dunce

Goldfinger
Autumn Leaves and Ruby
Book Two Moon in Libra
Dawning of the 1970s
Inexpensive Grass Free Love
Starlit Nights
Epilogue The Pancham Legacy
Authors Note
Song Index
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Copyright

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS Anirudha Bhattacharjee, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, works with IBM as a SAP consultant. He is an amateur musician with a flair for films, quizzing and puzzles. He lives in Kolkata. Balaji Vittal is an alumnus of Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He works for Concentrix. He shuttles between Bangalore, where he works, and Hyderabad, where his family lives. Balaji and Anirudha received the President's National Award for Best Book on Cinema for their debut book, R.D. Burman: The Man, The Music.

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